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Bellingham Theatre Guild playhouse gets a facelift

Bill Erickson, left, of the Franklin Corporation watches as Rick VanderVeen of VanderVeen House Moving uses an air compressor connected to jacks to raise one side of the Bellingham Theatre Guild building in Bellingham on Monday, July 18, 2016. The installation of a new foundation and an elevator are part of a $1 million capital improvement campaign for the 1902 building.
Bill Erickson, left, of the Franklin Corporation watches as Rick VanderVeen of VanderVeen House Moving uses an air compressor connected to jacks to raise one side of the Bellingham Theatre Guild building in Bellingham on Monday, July 18, 2016. The installation of a new foundation and an elevator are part of a $1 million capital improvement campaign for the 1902 building. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Workers are giving the Bellingham Theatre Guild’s playhouse a facelift —and a literal lift up – as part of a $1 million capital improvement campaign for the historic building.

Crews with VanderVeen House Moving used jacks Monday, July 18, to raise one side of the playhouse, built in 1902, to install a new foundation at the 1600 H St. site. Crews also will also build a new main entry with an elevator.

The American Association of Community Theatre recently awarded its second annual Diamond Crown Organization Award to the guild at a ceremony in New York City on July 9. The award recognizes BTG’s 87 years of continuous operation and the major facility improvements the guild is implementing this summer.

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